How would you pronounce the name... ?

(40 Posts)
june2013 Mon 06-May-13 14:01:50

...Salome? or Salomé as we're planning to spell it (we're both francophone).

We say Sa - low - may (with equal emphasis on syllables). I don't mind if people don't know how to pronounce it the first time, but would if they don't get it at all. I have an Irish name which can't be guessed from spelling, but is easy to pronounce once I've told people what it is. So second time around, most people know my name. I'd be ok with that for Salome.

People seem to say Sa - LOW - Mee. I really don't like that... But I wouldn't mind if future daughter just shortened it to Sal or Sally.

If you know history of the name - any issues?

I would pronounce it as Sah-Low-May

clattypatty Mon 06-May-13 14:08:29

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VBisme Mon 06-May-13 14:13:01

Definitely Sah-Low-May, you can make it more obvious by using the accent over the e.

Mintyy Mon 06-May-13 14:14:06

Could you not have put the name in the thread title?

MortifiedAdams Mon 06-May-13 14:16:36

Sa Lo Mee.

Sounds too similar to salami for my liking.

Vatta Mon 06-May-13 14:16:54

Sah-loh-mee, with the emphasis on the loh. Sorry!

Acandlelitshadow Mon 06-May-13 14:20:29

Salome was the biblical character who demanded John The Baptist's head on a plate.

Don't know if that counts as an issue but there it is.

Minty82 Mon 06-May-13 14:24:58

Sa-loh-may. And yes, I know who she was, and would regard it as an extremely inappropriate name to give a child I'm afraid!

StrangeGlue Mon 06-May-13 14:25:47


StrangeGlue Mon 06-May-13 14:32:22

Why do you say it 'sallow'? Knowing what that means that doesn't seem like a great name. The pronunciation of Salome is well known due to it being a biblical name. I can understand people mispronouncing an unusual name but what you're talking about is telling your child the wrong way to say her name and setting her up for a live time of 'correcting' people.

If you want to call her 'sallow' call her that rather than Salome.

noblegiraffe Mon 06-May-13 14:36:55

Hmm, Salome did a sexy dance and got Herod so horny he promised her whatever she wanted and she demanded the head of John the Baptist on a plate.

Suitable name for a lap dancer would be my thought. A bizarre choice for a baby.

SAH-luh-may ish. But I wouldn't feel confident about it.

seeker Mon 06-May-13 14:40:23

Sal- loe -mee.

I would wonder why you named your daughter after the Biblical equivalent of a lap dancer, to be honest.

june2013 Mon 06-May-13 14:40:49

Thanks for this!

Strange We're not thinking sallow - there's the 'may' bit on the end... We've had people pronounce it wrong, including people who knew the name from the Bible. And people who couldn't get it right after I suggested it was said sa-lo-may rather than sa-low-mee which does indeed sound too much like salami.

As for it being inappropriate - Salome the temptress is best known biblical character, but there's also Salome the Saint and the meaning of the name is peace, which we quite like. But so few people know this, it might indeed be a problem!

seeker Mon 06-May-13 14:41:44

Please just don't.

JacqueslePeacock Mon 06-May-13 14:41:53

Sa-low-may. Strangeglue, I didn't understand your post at all. The OP doesn't want to call her DD Sallow, she wants to call her Salome. Pronounced correctly.

Sa-LO-Mee, emphasis on the LO.

I worked with a women named this, she introduced herself as Mimi (mee-mee) which became Mims (to rhyme with hymns) because she hated her name. She was raised in London, but had a french mother and apparently spent her entire school days being called Salami.

I really wouldn't go with it.

JacqueslePeacock Mon 06-May-13 14:42:16

X-posts, as usual!

miffybun73 Mon 06-May-13 14:44:15

Sa - low - may

StrangeGlue Mon 06-May-13 14:44:47

Ahhhhh! Misread the op and totally didn't see the 'may'

This makes so much more sense now! Sorry smile

puddock Germany Mon 06-May-13 14:49:18

suh-LOH-mi, with stress on the 2nd syllable, is a widely used English pronunciation of this name - you'll find this pronunciation cited in current pronouncing dictionaries - so it's not 'wrong' in general, although it could of course be wrong in terms of an individual's preference. Other pronunciations (suh-LOH-may, SAL-oh-may) are cited too, but if you don't like the "salami" version, I'd choose another name TBH, because you'll hear it a lot.

Lastofthepodpeople Mon 06-May-13 14:53:42


It also makes me think of John the Baptist so not a name I would choose myself for a DD although I believe it is becoming more popular so it may not be so unusual when your DD is older.

KittenofDoom Mon 06-May-13 15:40:55

I don't think there's a right way or a wrong way to say it, there's a slight difference between the English and French pronunciations, that's all (as with many names eg Catherine).

I think it's a beautiful name, I wouldn't be put off by the Biblical association at all. However I do dislike the name Sally, so I would worry that she might want to call herself that. That's just personal to me though! smile

ItsYonliMe Mon 06-May-13 16:53:53

SA-LA-MI (yum)

RealityQuake Mon 06-May-13 17:29:08

It's Sah-loh-meh. It's rooted in Shalom, so pronounced similarly and in Hebrew e is pronounced as eh/ay sound. My DD1 has never had an issue in having it and the only person to bring up the Christian connection was my American Evangelical Christian mother (and the only person to bring up the meat was my hard of hearing pork loving stepFIL).

Also, pet peeve here, but Salome is nowhere is the Christian Bible or in other Christian texts (as not all made it to the Bible). It was a name given to an unnamed young woman (pushed into the activities by her mother) by an unreliable writer who was being paid by the Romans to write about Jewish people in a light more favourable to the Romans. It was likely chosen by them to discredit Queen Salome Alexandra, who was the ruler many in Judea still longed after (she brought great stability to the area during her reign which her stepson then lost and sold out to the Romans). Due to its meaning (peace) and royal connection, it has a long history of use.

DribbleWiper Mon 06-May-13 17:31:40

I'd pronounce it the same way you do, OP.

Not sure I'd use it myself, but your call.

thermalsinapril Mon 06-May-13 18:22:47

Sa - LOW - Mee

wigglesrock Germany Mon 06-May-13 18:42:15

I'd pronounce it the same way you are, I quite like it.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 06-May-13 18:48:31

You're setting her up for a lifetime of name of name confusion.

I always have to spell my surname twice on the name and that's enough of a pain in the arse. Having to have a conversation everytime you say your first name will also be a PITA.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 06-May-13 18:49:11

Do you know what? that was a crap post. I hope you understand what I was saying. I'm soooo tired. Sorry.

mikkii Mon 06-May-13 18:55:48

I spend my entire life correcting how people say my name, hence the hort form used. Do you really want to subject your daughter to this? However, since my DS is Valentino and DDs are Gabriela (Spanish spelling) and Luisa, mine will always have to spell theirs although people should be able to say them

PiratePanda Mon 06-May-13 19:02:08

Sa-lo-may, but that's because I think of it mostly in connection with Richard Strauss' opera. The traditional English pronunciation is Sa-LOW-mee. If you don't like that pronunciation, don't use the name.

FlightyAphrodite Mon 06-May-13 19:46:23

I think the accent on the e helps keep all the syllables with equal emphasis, otherwise I'd be tempted to say Sa LOW may.
Not sure if I like it or not, but you didn't ask that wink

I say Sa-low-me, which may or may not be right - but either way I think it is really not a nice name to give to a child. Sorry.
Do you like Naomi?

ExRatty Mon 06-May-13 20:21:28

sa low me

I'd say it sa- lohme like sa-loan.. with the funny wee bitty above it i'd say sal -o- may

SamG76 Wed 08-May-13 09:29:07

I agree with Sa-low-me. Nothing to do with Hebrew name, though, which is shlomtzion.

TheYamiOfYawn Wed 08-May-13 09:32:23

Sa-loh-may, with roughly equal emphasis, but I could easily adapt to Sa-LOW-may an alternative pronunciation.

YoniMontana Wed 08-May-13 09:38:20


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